Company Makes Fire Insurance Maps Available to Researchers

I’m very keen on old fire insurance maps, so this story from the Kitchener-Waterloo Record (no idea how long it’ll be available online) made me smile. Gore Mutual, a Cambridge, Ontario insurance company, has gone to its vaults to reveal “a century’s worth of maps, documents, photographs, newspapers and letters,” now being made available to researchers.

Over the summer, the company has worked with a Waterloo photo studio to create digital versions of 2,467 historic insurance maps. The company has set up a room in its main lobby where anyone can scan old maps of Kitchener, Galt, Waterloo, Woodstock or any number of other Ontario towns where Gore had policyholders.

Not online, so far as I can tell, alas. Via Map the Universe.